03/23/2017 - A well deserved round of applause for Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South! 

On Thursday night, during the reception offered by Delta and the Belgian Consulate General to celebrate the re-launch of the direct flight ATL-BXL, our BACoS President, Anton Mertens, received the Order of Leopold from the Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium.

The Order of Leopold (Leopoldsorde in Dutch, Ordre de Léopold in French) is one of the three current Belgian national honorary orders of Knighthood. It is the highest order of Belgium and is named in honor of King Leopold I.

It is awarded for meritorious service of immense benefit to the Belgian nation. The Order of Leopold is awarded by Royal Decree.

Anton Mertens is a Partner in the Burr & Forman firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group with a focus on immigration law. Anton's concentration consists of business immigration matters for investors, managers, executives and technical personnel.
Born in Brussels, Anton is President of the Belgian-American Chamber of the South. In 2013, he was appointed by Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs to serve as Belgium’s Advisor for Economic Diplomacy for State of Georgia.


09/01/2016 - President's announcement

We are happy to announce that James Blair has joined the Executive Committee of BACOS. James comes with a wealth of experience. He is currently Managing Consultant at Navigator Consulting who is specialized in international trading and development.  Previously James was Managing Director for GACC (German American Chamber of Commerce) South Services and served as President of the FACC (French American Chamber) in Atlanta. James also worked with the Georgia Department of Economic Development for 25 years and spent about 20 of those years as the Head of the European office in Brussels. James is fluent in French, German and Dutch.

Julie Lambotte also joined our team as Membership and Sponsorship Director. Julie is a Belgian lawyer who previously worked at the FACC, BNP Paribas and the DLM Law office in Brussels. Julie will be leading our membership and sponsorship initiatives. Julie is fluent in French and Dutch.

We welcome both Jim and Julie to our team!

Anton Mertens